These films have now lost that capacity, which can be clearly observed in the responses of Japanese film critics and audiences alike.
This film does not manage to instill an American value system in the viewer, but is an example of a reversal in which a Hollywood film leads to a critical analysis of the American government's global policy.
Thus, viewers are overcoming the message of the classic Hollywood war film.
An undercurrent of protest against the brutalities of war and deep skepticism toward American military policies runs through these films.
At the time that they appeared, Vietnam War movies had a great impact and their influence still remains.
Akio Igarashi is a professor of law and politics at Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan.
He is editor in chief of The Journal of Pacific Asia and author of a number of books and articles, including Japan and a Transforming Asia (Henyousuru Asia to Nippon [Seori Shobo, 1998]).Among the various types of cultural Americanization, popular culture captured the hearts of those in this "liberalist" world, and the acceptance of American popular culture helped these countries also embrace the military and diplomatic forms of Americanization.Around the time when the socialist bloc was losing its economic power, however, those countries in the liberalist bloc, particularly countries in East Asia, were beginning to escape the one-sided influence of Americanization. and yielded a relativistic perspective toward the United States role in the areas of military policy and diplomacy.Viewers are left with a strong impression , but only because the situation is depicted as being utterly miserable.Though it is considered an American war film, for the Japanese people, the military actions of the United Nations and the peacekeeping forces cannot simply be disregarded as someone else's problem.During the Cold War, Americanization actively transformed the liberal world bloc.